IFFI 2017: Rahul Rawail replaces Sujoy Ghosh as jury head, says I&B ministry has final say in selection

FP Staff

Nov,14 2017 10:29:10 IST

Sujoy Ghosh has stepped down from the panel of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) amid claims of the ministry dropping two films without consulting the jury. The Kahaani director gave a confirmation to The Indian Express but refrained from commenting on the development.

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Rahul Rawail. Image from PTI

And now, according the TV reports from India Today, director Rahul Rawail has been made acting chairperson of the panorama section at IFFI 2017, in place of Sujoy Ghosh. He told India Today that he was disappointed in Ghosh, and that the final call on film selection will always be the I&B ministry's.

This move comes as 3 IFFI members resigned (including Apurva Asrani) and 6 further jury members wrote to Smriti Irani about the dropping of films from the final selection for IFFI.

Ghosh's decision comes after the Ministry of Information and Broadcast dropped Malayalam film S Durga (erstwhile Sexy Durga) and Nude from the final list of movies to be screened at the event without consulting the jury.

Not only does this step attack freedom of expression, it also violates Clause 8.5 of the Indian Panorama 2017 Regulation, which clearly states that "the decision of the juries shall be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained." The jury had earlier conveyed to the ministry that an explanation must be provided for every film removed. However, as per the report, no such explanation was given to the panel and the final list was put up by the ministry on its own.

Miffed with the ministry's interference and not being kept in the loop, a few jury members had also written to the ministry, expressing their disappointment with its move.

Updated Date: Nov 20, 2017 16:10 PM